Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2018/2019

HIST 322: *Women And Gender In World History

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  Course Description

This course examines the history of women around the globe from 1500 to the present. This course examines gender as a system of power relations that has been integral to the shaping of national and international politics and public policies and to the development of national and international economies. The class explores the meaning of women's status across continents, cultures and historical periods; examines how women have attempted to define, maintain, or gain power in changing historical circumstances; identifies common dilemmas and struggles faced by women; and considers how changing definitions of gender have intersected with ideas about race and ethnicity throughout world history. Cross-listed as HIST 322 and WMST 322.

Prerequisite: Junior standing

Proctored Exams: Final



  • Hughes, Sarah and Brady, eds. Women in World History: Vol. 2: Readings from 1500 to the Present. Paperback. New York: M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 1997.  
    • ISBN-978-1-56324-313-4
  • McLaren, Angus. The Trials of Masculinity: Policing Sexual Boundaries, 1870-1930. Paperback. University of Chicago Press, 1999.  
    • ISBN-978-0-226-50068-3
  • Wollstonecraft, Mary. Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792. (electronic version). http://www.bartleby.com/144/:  

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

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  Course Overview

While exploring the history of women, men and gender relations we will gain an understanding of the evolution of sexuality. Additionally, we will explore the interaction of gender relations of individuals, of groups, and within the larger perspective of World history. Readings will include primary and secondary texts on such subjects as gender theory, separate spheres, femininity, masculinity, working class sexuality, middle-class family life, pornography, sexual imperialism, homosexuality, and prostitution. We will read the intellectual contributions of key thinkers. We will address questions such as: What is sexuality? How has a historical understanding of sexuality emerged? Have the ideas in politics, work, literature, imperialism, etc. impacted the development of sexuality?

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and explain the commonalities and differences in women’s historical experiences in disparate regions of the world as they relate to family, religion, work, politics, war, and activism through an analysis of relevant primary sources.
  2. Identify and utilize a range of secondary sources in an analysis of women’s history.
  3. Define and explain gender as a social construct.
  4. Define and explain the concept of “separate spheres,” its historical development, and its effects on social structures.
  5. Analyze the relationship between gender and imperialism and decolonization.


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 450-500 90-100%
B 400-449 80-89%
C 350-399 70-79%
D 300-349 60-69%
F 0-299 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 125 25%
Critical Analysis Paper 50 10%
Research Paper 150 30%
Final Exam 175 35%
Total 500 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction 5 Wednesday
Discussion 1 15 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Research Paper: Topic and Thesis 5 Friday
Discussion 2 15 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 15 Sunday
Critical Analysis Paper 50

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 15 Sunday

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 15 Sunday
Research Paper: Thesis, Outline, and Bibliography 15

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 15 Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 15 Sunday
Research Paper due 130

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 15 Wednesday
Final Exam 175 Saturday
Total Points: 500

  Assignment Overview


Participation in all discussions will improve performance on exams and will be considered holistically by the instructor. These discussions are objective academic exercises. You are expected to interact with others in the class by contributing original observations and responses. Simply rephrasing what others have said is not acceptable. You must respond to at least three other students each week. You must observe the general rules of “netiquette” in your discussion postings, which means that obscene language, personal attacks, and derogatory comments will not be tolerated. Such postings will be deleted and the author will receive no credit.

You must do more than simply post your own comments/answers in the Discussions area. You must also read the posts of your colleagues as well as me. The Desire2Learn technology allows me to gauge each and every student’s participation in the course. This will be taken into account when your discussion grade is calculated. Discussion postings will be evaluated each week according to the Discussions grading rubric.

Critical Analysis Paper

The critical analysis paper is a historical study of 4-5 pages. This essay will be based on your analysis of Wollstonecraft. In addition to using one of the class texts, you will research 2 other sources that are either contemporaries or critiques of your selected text. There will be some guiding questions in the Content area to help with the focus of this paper. You are cautioned to make the review your own work. I will use plagiarism tools to check for original work. The criteria for the review will be located in the Week 1 Content area. Be sure to read the definition of plagiarism by using the sites listed in the syllabus. These papers will be reviewed for plagiarism through Turnitin.com.

Research Paper

You are required to write one, 8-10 page paper on a topic of your choice. The topic must be submitted and approved by me before you complete the paper. This assignment requires you to first to critically analyze primary resources and then to research related secondary sources as you develop the paper. It provides you with the opportunity to develop research and writing skills as well as synthesize knowledge about an important subject.

  • Topic (5 points): Consider an issue relevant to the course and have instructor’s approval of the topic. Construct a thesis statement and submit it along with your topic (please see the Schedule of Due Dates).

  • Thesis, Outline, and Bibliography (15 points): submit your revised thesis and an outline of the paper along with your bibliography (please see the Schedule of Due Dates).

    • Identify and use at least six examples of primary sources (letters, diaries, publications, etc.) related to the issue

    • Consult a number (at least 6) of additional secondary sources that help develop the thesis

      NOTE: Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable primary or secondary source!

  • Final Paper (130 Points) – Submitted via the Dropbox

    • Include an introduction, body, and conclusion

    • Include 4+ primary sources and 6+ secondary sources

    • Elaborate on major points with a degree of specificity

    • Avoid spelling errors, improper grammar, flawed punctuation, and awkward language

    • Includes 8-10 pages of fully typed text, using one inch margins, double spaced, 12 point font, approximately 250 words per page

    • Use the Chicago manual of style consistently and correctly for your footnotes.

    • Add a bibliography—with proper citations.

Final Exam

The final exam will consist of 4 short essay questions at 30 points each, and 1 long essay at 55 points. The exam is comprehensive. NOTE: you will be supervised by a proctor. You will have two hours to take the exam, and you will not be allowed to use books, flash drives, notes or any outside websites.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Class Activity

Review the Content area for information about the course, initial activities, obtaining exam proctors, resources available for technical assistance, announcements and guidance for the papers.

Reading Assignments
  • Hughes: Forward and pp. 1-10; Read over the Table of Contents. Begin to get familiar with the ways in which sexuality is addressed

  • Hughes: Ch. 4, pp. 71-88

  • Wollstonecraft: introduction

Media Assignments
  • Read Wollstonecraft website available through Week 1 Content area and gain background information on Wollstonecraft.
  • Listen to “Witches,” available through the Content area.

In the Introduction topic in the discussion area, tell the class something about yourself and any special interests you have in the study of history. Convey anything you feel comfortable sharing regarding your interests or experiences with the history of sexuality.

Discussion 1

a. According to Hughes, what was a key for women’s empowerment and how did international organizations play a role in this empowerment?

b. Why does the title “Witches, Workers, and Queens” reflect the roles of women? Why are they characterized as witches and workers? Role of Rulers?

Class Activity

Go to the Content area for information about the week’s activities.

Reading Assignments
  • Find and read a review of Carolyn Heilbrun’s book, Writing a Woman’s Life, and/or an article by Joan Scott addressing gender, politics, and history. Use Columbia College’s Library or Google Search to find these articles

  • Wollstonecraft: Chapters 1-2 and Chapters 7-9 and Chapter 13. (You are welcome to read the complete text.)

Media Assignments

Watch “The Reception of Mary Wollstonecraft in Early America,” available through Content area.

Research Paper: Topic and Thesis

Your research topic and must be submitted in the “Topic Discussion Post” topic in the Discussions area by midnight Friday. Respond to three (3) of your classmates’ topics, providing support, guidance, and helpful suggestions.

Discussion 2

a. What is the time frame and why is this important to understanding Wollstonecraft’s writing? From section IV, the “Feminist Manifesto,” describe the key characteristic Wollstonecraft identifies as needed to achieve the “rights of women.”

b. Explain at least three of the main points which Wollstonecraft asserts holds women in a degraded state, and what are the keys to women’s vindication?

c. Provide a general overview from Heilbrun’s or Scott’s articles, and present an argument that they would either support or advocate against Wollstonecraft. Be sure to provide bibliographic information and cite from the texts you use to support your argument.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Class Activity

Go to the Content area for information about the week’s activities.

Reading Assignments
  • Hughes: Ch. 3, pp. 51-70

Media Assignments

Read the biography, “Nur Jahan,” available through the Content area.

Discussion 3

What was the role of women in the Mughal Empire? Did this differ significantly from the role of women in Europe? (think about witches, workers and Queens) What about society or politics contributed to these differences?

Critical Analysis Paper

Your Critical Analysis Paper is due by midnight Sunday. Note the requirements, guidance, and rubric in the course Content area for this assignment.

Class Activity

Go to the Content area for information about the week’s activities.

Reading Assignments
  • Hughes: Ch. 7, pp. 139-159

  • McLaren: pp. 1-38 and your choice of two of the four following sections: “Fools, Cads, Gentlemen, or Murderers”

Media Assignments

Read “Women and the Revolution,” available through the Content area.

Discussion 4

a. What does Hughes assert about the differences of women from the Middle Class to the Working Class?

b. Were there feminine ideals that changed over time? Did Revolution play a role? Explain.

c. What is McLaren’s assertion in his “trials of masculinity”? How did deviants fit in, or did they? State which two sections you read of McLaren’s part 2 and provide a brief summary of how the given category, fools, cads, gentlemen or murders supports his characterization of the trials of masculinity.

Class Activity

Go to the Content area for information about the week’s activities.

Reading Assignments
  • Hughes: Ch. 8-10, pp. 161-204

Media Assignments

Watch “Persepolis—Exclusive: Marjane Satrapi,” available through Content area.

Discussion 5

a. How did the European conquest, “Scramble for Africa”, impact Baba’s life?

b. What is the symbol of the Veil in Modern Islam? How does the representation of the veil in Hughes book differ from Satrapi’s view in Persepolis? Complete a Google Image search of “Symbol of the veil in Persepolis”. Look over the excerpts/images from the text to answer the above question.

Research Paper: Thesis, Outline, and Bibliography

The outline of your research paper, including a refined thesis statement and a working annotated bibliography, is due by midnight Sunday and must be submitted to the Dropbox established for that assignment.

Class Activity

Go to the Content area for information about the week’s activities.

Reading Assignments
  • Hughes: Ch. 10, pp. 205-229

  • McLaren: pp. 133-136 and read three of the four following: Ch. 6-9, “Weaklings, Sadists, Exhibitionists, Transvestites”

Discussion 6

a. What did McLaren intend by his topic “Medical Discourse” of masculinity? How did the two groups you read challenge or uphold the sexual boundaries of masculinity?

b. Using the example of India from Hughes, consider that imperialism and the differences in cultures present many areas for an investigation of sexuality. Does being “away” in the empire mean that varying sexualities were more acceptable on the fringes?

Research Paper: keep working

Continue working on your research paper. It will be due next week.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Class Activity

Go to the Content area for information about the week’s activities.

Reading Assignments
  • Hughes: Ch. 11 pp. 231--252

Media Assignments

Watch “Women’s Suffrage,” available through the Content area.

Discussion 7

How did women in Japan and China begin to ‘revolutionize’ the role of women in 20th Century Asia? Did the changes and efforts in China and Japan differ significantly from the European efforts for suffrage?

Research Paper due

Please submit your final Research Paper to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday.

Class Activity

Go to the Content area for information about the week’s activities.

Reading Assignments
  • Hughes: Ch. 12, pp. 255-273

Media Assignments
  • Watch 1 or all of the 3 clips of “Makers: Women Who Make America,” available in the Content area.
  • Watch “Makers: Women who Make America—Gloria Steinem,” available through the Content area.
  • Watch “10 Questions for Gloria Steinem,” available through Content area.
Discussion 8

How does this feminist movement occupy the male public spaces? What are the similarities between women and power from two of the cultures Hughes describes? What about Steinem was so revolutionary? Postings are due by midnight Wednesday.

Final Exam

Complete the Final Exam by midnight Saturday. The exam is computerized (found in the Quizzes area) and must be proctored. The exam is comprehensive and closed-book.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.


Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.


There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late assignments such as the critical analysis review and research paper will be assessed an automatic 50% penalty with an additional 5 points per day subtracted up to 3 days past the original due date. Assignments submitted 3 days after the due date will receive no credit. If there are extenuating circumstances, be sure to contact me before the due date.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.